May 21, 2018
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Teen faces charges after Jeep strikes utility pole in Corinth; passenger taken to hospital

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

CORINTH, Maine — A teenage boy is facing multiple charges, and a 16-year-old girl was brought to the hospital Friday after a Jeep struck a utility pole, according to state police.

The driver, a 17-year-old boy, lost control of his vehicle containing three passengers at around 11:30 a.m. on the West Corinth road. Trooper Chris Cookson would not identify the driver because of his age.

One of the passengers, Cheyanne Andrews, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor with injuries not considered to be life threatening, Cookson said.

The trooper said the Jeep was traveling at a high rate of speed in the southbound lane on Route 15 and lost control shortly after making the right turn onto West Corinth Road.

The driver was wearing his seatbelt, but the passengers were not. They included a 17-year-old boy, 18-year-old Nicholas Ferro and Andrews, who was the only one brought to the hospital. Cookson said the driver had a restricted license, meaning he could not carry passengers who were not family members.

The accident draped power lines across the road and knocked out electricity to more than 1,700 Bangor Hydro customers in the area, the company said earlier Friday. No update on electricity restoration was available.

The driver is facing multiple charges, including three seatbelt violations for the unbuckled passengers, an expired inspection sticker, carrying passengers beyond intermediate restriction, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving to endanger and possession of tobacco by a juvenile, Cookson explained.

Corinth and Hudson firefighters assisted state police at the scene. The Jeep was totaled.

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